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Evaluating Latin American Institutions & Democracies

June 1st, 2011

On March 24, 2011, 13 scholars from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and the United States convened in the Greenleaf Conference Room for the CIPR sponsored symposium, ‘€œRepresentativeness and Effectiveness in Latin American Institutions and Democracies.‘€

With diverse backgrounds in Sociology, Political Science, and Law, the panelists analyzed the representativeness and effectiveness of Congress, the Judiciary, and Civil Society in four countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico.

Listen to each presentation by using the links below.
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Peronism and the Functioning of the Argentine Congress
Mark Jones, Rice University

Representation and Decision Making in the Mexican Congress
María Amparo Casar, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, A.C. México

Reelection and Legislative Power: Surprising Results from Brazil
Lucio Renno, Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil

Reflections on the Effectiveness and Representativeness of the Chilean Congress
Eduardo Alemán, University of Houston

Congress in Action: Representativeness and Effectiveness in Chile and Argentina 1900-1930
Moira MacKinnon, Tulane University


Effectiveness and Representativeness of Judicial Institutions in Mexico’s Transition to Democracy
Julio Ríos, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, A.C. México

Ideational Origins of Judicial Strength: Progressive Court Building in the Brazilian States of Acre, Rio Grande do Sul, and Maranhão
Matt Ingram, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

The Role of Chile’s Constitutional Court in the Consolidation of Democracy
Javier Couso, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile

Judiciary and Democracy in Argentina and other Latin American Countries
Daniel A. Sabsay, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina


Meanings and Challenges of ‘Representativeness’ in Brazilian Civil Society
Evelina Dagnino, University of Campinas, Brazil

Democratic Institutions and Political Effectiveness of Post 90s Chilean Civil Society
Gonzalo de la Maza, Universidad de los Lagos, Chile

Deficits of Representation and Lack of Effectiveness in Mexican Civil Society: the Historical Causes
Alberto J. Olvera, Universidad Veracruzana, México

Civil Society and Democratic Representation (Audio Podcast Unavailable)
Enrique Peruzzotti, Universidad Di Tella, Argentina


Daniel A. Sabsay, Mathew Ingram, Ludovico Feoli, Evelina Dagnino

Moira MacKinnon, María Amparo Cásar, Javier Couso

Gonzalo de la Maza, Mark Jones, Alberto Olvera, Julio Ríos

Lucio Renno, Eduardo Alemán, Enrique Peruzzotti